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On the podium...

One month ago, we sent our five 2013 wines to the 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition, the largest international wine competition in the United States.  Since 2013 is our first commercial vintage, it was the first time we've ever entered our wines in anything like this.  We were five wines among the over 4,600 entrants. We were told the winners would be announced Monday, June 13. Like high school students anxiously awaiting their test results, we were updating our e-mail in-box every five minutes.  No results. Nothing. We wondered, "will they say anything if we didn't win anything?" Finally,...

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Chef's Prerogative: 2013 Santa Maria Chardonnay

We do a lot of things when we're not bringing you great wine, but one thing we do every day is cook. From the coffee rituals that start our day to seeing if we have some homegrown/homemade (Meyer) limoncello stashed for a digestivo at the end of the night, we're all about the food and what to drink with it. Monday morning, the conversation went something like this: "I saw a great recipe in the New York Times that I want to try. I'm going to see if the fish guy at the farmer's market has any calamari." "That one with...

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